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U2 backstage at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

U2 at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Pictured from left to right: Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge.
U2 at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Pictured from left to right: Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge.
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The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 12, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what these Golden Globe winners said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.


Best Original Song

(“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”)

You have worked closely with Nelson Mandela, very early on. Can you recount for us the first time you worked with him when he was in prison?

Bono: There’s a few firsts, but the one that is probably most powerful was to be, as myself and Edge, with the great man on Robben Island and hearing him, his voice crack, as he spoke about his experiences spending so much time on that island, and yet he’s so stoic and so kind of dismissive of his own pain. The first moment in our prior relationship that I saw him just almost lose it was in Robben Island. I am not sure if you noticed, but Mr. Mandela, from cutting rocks on Robben Island, salt, had lost the use of his tear ducts.

So this great man, through all this historical drama, was unable to cry. And he later had, I think 2004, he had an operation to fix the use of his tear ducts. It so struck us on that occasion, very emotional. To be on the island with him is something we will never forget.

You have been in the studio now. Is “Ordinary Love” representative of what we can expect from your next album? Are you ready to announce your tour?

Bono: Not really.

The Edge: We had to put our album on hold to make this song happen. We have been waiting for quite a while to get the final call that the movie was happening and on its way. We put our album aside. We are getting back to it now. We are very excited about it.

Do awards shows make you guys nervous?

Bono: Yeah, but Harvey Weinstein is an incredible character. He was a promoter. He promoted U2 when we were 20, 21 years old, Iain and Bob, his brother. What’s interesting about it is — and we were just talking about this earlier — he’s gotten worse, not better. His success has not bought him off at all. He fights for things he believes in. I am amazed.

He’s fighting for “Philomena.” He’s fighting for “Mandela.” It is brute force, but it is intelligence and taste. And this European thing, people, we all kind of laugh, but the European or the foreign Hollywood press, whatever, we have values in European cinema. We see things differently, and it is just a different aesthetic.

I think the gig is important for that. We love American cinema and to be in Los Angeles. I just love hearing all these different accents. This is a great awards ceremony to be at, and plus we can drink.

Adam Clayton: Can I just say we forgot to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the gig. So a big thank you for that.

The Edge: Yes.

Bono: Yes, so thank you.

Larry Mullen Jr.: I would just like to say to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

For more info: Golden Globe Awards website


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